cow college

cow college

noun Informal.
1.
an agricultural college.
2.
a small, relatively unknown rural college.

Origin:
1910–15

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cow college

An agricultural college; any small, relatively unknown rural college. For example, He's never published a paper, but he might do all right in some cow college. This term uses cow in the somewhat pejorative sense of "provincial." [c. 1910]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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